Nietzsche’s last letters signed the Crucified

I’ve had Caiphas put in chains; I too was crucified last year in a long, drawn-out way by German doctors. Wilhelm, Bismarck and all anti-Semites done away with!

– Turin, January 6, 1889: Letter to Jacob Burckhardt

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Jan Matejko“Stańczyk” (a famous Polish jester, c. 1480–1560) by the Polish painter Jan Matejko (1838-1893)

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To the Illustrious Pole

I belong to you, I am more a Pole than I am God, I shall bestow honors on you such as only I am able to bestow … I live among you as Matejko…

The Crucified

– Turin, ca. January 4, 1889: Letter to the Illustrious Pole

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My beloved son Mariani ..

My peace be with you! Tuesday I shall be in Rome, in order to pay my respects to His Holiness …

The Crucified

– Turin, ca. January 4, 1889: Letter to Cardinal Mariani, Vatican Secretary of State

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To my beloved son Umberto

My peace be with you! Tuesday I shall be in Rome. I should like to see you, along with His Holiness the Pope.

The Crucified

– Turin, ca. January 4, 1889: Letter to Umberto I, King of Italy

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To My Maestro Pietro,

Sing me a new song: the world is transfigured and all the heavens are joyous.

The Crucified.

– Turin, January 4, 1889: Letter to Peter Gast

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It is a mere prejudice that I am a human being. Yet I have often enough dwelled among human beings and I know the things human beings experience, from the lowest to the highest. Among the Hindus I was Buddha, in Greece Dionysus—Alexander and Caesar were incarnations of me, as well as the poet of Shakespeare, Lord Bacon. Most recently I was Voltaire and Napoleon, perhaps also Richard Wagner… However, I now come as Dionysus victorious, who will prepare a great festival on Earth… Not as though I had much time… The heavens rejoice to see me here… I also hung on the cross…

– Turin, January 3, 1889: Letter to Cosima Wagner

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God is on the earth. Don’t you see how all the heavens are rejoicing? I have just seized possession of my kingdom, I’ve thrown the Pope in prison, and I’m having Wilhelm, Bismarck, and Stöcker shot.

The Crucified.

– Turin, January 3, 1889: Letter to Meta von Salis-Marschlins

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